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This Blog will be a place dedicated to interview the Wonderful Flower Pressers and Artists
around the world that use 'Pressed Flowers" as part of their medium .
Let the world see What kind of " Art" can be made from it!
Please let me know if You would
to do an interview too or know someone ?
Come back often and Peace and Keep on Pressing...


This is the poem that reminded me to do this.

"Let us be grateful to people who make us happy,
they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom." Marcel Proust




Saturday, March 26, 2011

Interview with Judy Orcutt of QuilliGraphy


Hello Everyone , This interview is late but worth the wait! 
Judy is a fabulous artist . I was looking around and found her mission for her work .
"I want to create art that stimulates the mind, that validates the spirit, and that celebrates the universe and I will use natural materials to do this." 
QuilliGraphy has pressed flower and calligraphy designs that celebrate the important events in your life such as new babies, weddings, house warming, and many other note-able events in your life .
They also create specialized designs to inspire healing in people undergoing health crises.
   
Now for the interview .




Name: 
Judy Orcutt   

Where are you from?    
York, PA

How Long have You been doing Pressed Flower Art and/or using Pressed Plant material in your art and crafts as a medium   ? 
    I started in 1997.


   
Do you remember the first thing you pressed ?
  Oh, probably pansy.

What’s your favorite mediums /materials?   
   Ink, flowers, and paper

What is your favorite glues ?   
 I like Sobo glue.

Do You use sealers on your pressed flowers.  
   No

 What is your favorite Flower to Press and How do you do it? 
Right now I am liking hellebores.  I also like passion flowers.  I ususally use the sun wave press.

Please Feel free to tell us about your work, inspiration, and thoughts with us too.
Since I wanted to share my quotes and flowers in the wholesale market, I needed to be able to reproduce them as prints.  It was through trial and error that I got good originals so that I could reproduce.  The work must be consistent in size and content.

 
Where  can we find your work ? web ,blog , shops ,etc   
all of the above.  I mainly wholesale my work as note cards, matted prints, mini cards & framed work.  I also have work on Etsy that I do not wholesale.  It is a place for me to try new things.

Please share tips ?

If one plans to print their work, you need to have your original as flat as possible.  I work on Bristol Board because of the water content of the ink.  Paper would be too flimsy.
I then scan the work and convert it to a digital image.

Tell stories that You want people to know about working with pressed flowers and plants .
Gosh-you can press just about anything.  I have pressed mushrooms, broccoli, strawberries, baby tomatoes.  Also it is a good way to make friends.  If I see something I want, I usually stop by and ask if I can trade some cards for some flowers.  Most people are delighted.
I thank Judy for the great interview and sharing her wonderful works and tips. 

I also thank You for dropping by , please leave comments.
Peace and Happy Pressing!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Liming Twanmoh , WWPFG Heirloom

 Hello Everyone I am proud to say we are honored to introduce You to another Heirloom of the guild . Li is a very special lady who has also wore many hats in making the guild what it is today ! 


Name: 
Liming Twanmoh

Where are you from?  

Born in China, grow up in Taiwan, NY is home.

How Long have You been with World Wide Pressed Flower Guild ?
Since inception of the Guild

How Long have You been doing Pressed Flower Art ?
I started to pressed flower in 2000.

 
Do you remember the first thing you pressed ?
Not really. I pressed everything in sight at the beginning.
 

What's your favorite mediums /materials?
I like to use watercolor paper and thin paper such as mulberry paper.

What is your favorite Flower to Press and How do you do it?

Hydrangea
Hydrangea is one of my favorite to press. Cut off each florets and press them in regular press or with desiccant board. The flowers picked on a rainy day should be dried off in a vase for few hours. A droopy hydrangea can be hydrated by immerse the whole flower in water for few hours; once the flowers are hydrated, dry off the water from the petal by putting the stem in a vase.

Please Feel free to tell us about your work, inspiration, and thoughts with us too.
Flowers and leaves themselves inspire me the most. Art work from my fellow pressers often gives me fresh idea too.

Where  can we find your work ? web ,blog , shops ,etc 
My website: http://www.pressedflora.com/

Please share tips ?
I have the "faded" flowers and leaves  kept in a  folder. Those off color material come in handy at times. For example, faded light pink dogwood petals have the right shade for a table top, a brown jasmine flower filled in nicely when a customer requested brown flowers which is jasmine turned brown in press. 

 
The wild grape tendrils are easy to obtain and have beautiful curves. One simple use of them is illustrated in a thank you card.

The little wild grasses on the road are not to be ignored. They can serve as trees in landscape, also nice fillers.

The herb section in grocery stores provides a large selection of greens for picture all year around. I love them.

  Tell stories that You want people to know about the guild and pressed art.

Members nicked named the Guild as a petal family. Petal family tells a lot about who we are. This is the place I grew up and matured as pressed flower person.

To support the conference competition in 2006, I challenged my self to do a sunset picture after a trip to Ghost Range, New Mexico, where Georgia O'Keeffe painted the Pedernal. The petal sunset remained as a personal favor.


Other than flowers, I like to work with leaves too. Leaves have different texture and colors. The texture and colors are very helpful in creating landscape scenes. Soundview is an example of using leaves to create landscape scene. 





Pressed Flower Art by Liming


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As always Peace and Happy Pressing !  

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Chris Maqueira , Resin Jewelry Artist , WWPFG

This is a twist from seeing just pictures of Pressed flower Art.
This is Wearable Art and Sharable Art !  Chris not only makes and sells this beautiful jewelry with resin , She has a wonderful blog where She shares how You can learn how to.
 
In a far away galaxy

Name: 
Chris Maqueira

Where are you from?
     I was born in Salem, Oregon in the United States; but I  have lived in several other countries, traveling as a nurse, nursing instructor,  and earlier a student and translator. I am a wife, mom of a 22 year old, ICU nurse, scuba diver and knitter, seamstress and jewelry maker. 

I just turned  65 and am still in shock. I feel like a 34 year old inside!

How Long have You been with World Wide Pressed Flower Guild ?
   I think 3 years, I may have missed a year in there

 
How Long have You been doing Pressed Flower Art ?
  Six years now

 
Do you remember the first thing you pressed ?
 The first flowers I tried to press were camillias and gardenias from our garden. Neither worked out well. I had no idea what I  was doing.

 
What’s your favorite mediums /materials?
   I love working with two part epoxy resin, and with polymer clay.  Some of the best pieces I've done used clay as the base for a pendant.

 
What is your favorite Flower to Press and How do you do it?
I'm not sure I have a favorite, maybe English daisies and all blue flowers. I press daisies between blotting papers in phone  books with bricks on top. I've started doing a lot of flowers in the microwave initially then I put them into the phone book for  long term pressing. I like the results better and it gets the little bugs also. I've just started pressing African Violet blossoms and  love the results!

 
Please Feel free to tell us about your work, inspiration, and thoughts with us too.
My inspiration came from two pressed flower soldered edge glass pendants I bought in the 60's, that I still have. 

 For years I  would look at them and try to figure out how to make pressed flower jewelry. I was out for major surgery with a 6 month recovery time, and I started experimenting with everything--guitar, polymer clay, drawing, and pressed flowers in resin. There wasn't much for help out there yet but I kept at it .
I think that if I'd known it would take me 5 years to learn how to produce  a really acceptable piece of jewelry I would have never started!
I love trying new flowers and plants, and my aim is to have as wide a variety of shapes, colors,designs and types of flowers  as possible represented in my jewelry.


Where can we find your work ? web ,blog , shops ,etc
My web site is http://pressedflowerjewelry.com/

which sends you at this time to my Etsy shop,
"Flowers For Real Jewelry"

 (I also make custom lacy panties, in another Etsy shop).
I have two blogs,:
http://resinandpressedflowers.blogspot.com/

 
http://antiquefamilyphotos.blogspot.com/


I am self taught in everything except my nursing career. 
I research, read, read, read. It's so much easier now with the  internet.
Floral Bouquet, click any picture and go to her shop !

Please share tips ?
If you work in resin you really need to do the research first. And you absolutely must follow the manufacturer's directions to  the T.  I'm not a direction follower, but in resin you must. My resin and pressed flower blog has lots of information.

I've  garnered from years of research and from many other resin workers.
 
Another tip: don't be afraid to try something different that no one else has..  Some of my best work has been from totally esoteric  materials.


 
Tell stories that You want people to know about the guild and pressed art.
I have gotten so much support from the guild. I was very intimidated at first, with all these wonderful pressed flower artists, but everyone is so friendly and helpful it feels like home now.
My most exciting flower gathering was when I was trying to gather wild roses outside a patient's home. I didn't realize they were growing over an irrigation ditch, as the roses were so thick I didn't see it.  I ended up getting the roses but I also got quite a bath.




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Thanks so much everyone for coming by and learning more about the Pressers and what makes them so unique !
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As always Peace and Happy Pressing ! 

PS ...next week we will have another Heirloom added to the list ! smile    
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